THE LINGUISTICS OF SIGN LANGUAGES

DFS2LSL

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will explore the linguistic structure of sign languages. The formational structure of sign languages (phonology), the organisation of sign language lexicons and grammatical systems (lexicology, morphology, syntax, discourse), and the way in which meanings are expressed (semantics and pragmatics) are all considered. Data are drawn from Auslan (Australian Sign Language) together with examples from other sign languages. The subject also introduces students to issues involved in sociolinguistic variation, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics of sign languages, as well as the relevance of sign language research for an understanding of human language in general.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

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Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

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Readings

Sign language and linguistic universals

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AuthorSandler, W and Lillo-Martin, D

Year2005

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PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

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The linguistics of British Sign Language: an introduction

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorSutton-Spence, R and Woll, B

Year1999

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Australian Sign Language (Auslan): an introduction to sign language linguistics

Resource TypePrescribed

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AuthorJohnston, T and Schembri, A

Year2007

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PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

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Career-focusedNo

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Appraise the importance of studying sign languages for descriptive and theoretical linguistics.
02. Explain, apply and critique mainstream accounts of sign phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
03. Compare and contrast the features of sign languages that are inherently different from spoken languages and the impact this has on our understanding of language universals.
04. Apply sign language research methodology to the analysis of sign language data.
05. Appraise the importance of sign language research for an understanding of sociolinguistic variation, psycholinguistics and the neuroscience of language.

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